ANNA PAVLOVA: Twentieth Century Ballerina

ANNA PAVLOVA: Twentieth Century Ballerina

JANE PRITCHARD    Book Number: 87604    Product format: Hardback

It was Anna Pavlova and no one else who opened the world to ballet. It was she who did the back-breaking work of pioneering, who found and cultivated audiences for contemporary ballet companies. Her genius was as intangible as the legacy she left behind. Richly illustrated with performance and off-stage photographs, this extended edition includes 'Pavlova in America' and is the most sumptuous large volume on glossy white or pink pages with hundreds of colour and archive images. There are beautiful colour photographs of costumes and sketches such as Georges Barbier's design for Amarilla's costume 1920, seen in a photograph opposite as worn by the ballerina Pavlova herself complete with richly decorated Turkish golden coins and jewellery. From her first performances in London in 1909, Anna Pavlova developed a special relationship with the city making her home at Ivy House near Hampstead Heath from 1912. This spectacular celebration focusses on her as a modern woman who controlled her own career and image and took a pioneering interest in dance on screen. It reveals her interest in a wide range of dance forms which she discovered on her world travels. A global star, loved by audiences the world over, the book focuses primarily on her contribution to the developing dance scene in Britain until her death in 1931. From Imperial ballerina to the Swan, all her performances are acknowledged and best of all are the candid personal shots of her relaxing, with her pets, trying out costumes, playing croquet with Chalian and with her many dancing partners in her stage performances. The final picture is with her white pet swan Jack in her garden, 1927, and enjoying holidays in Northern Italy. Seeing the costumes alone are a rare treat in a beautiful book compiled by Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance at the V&A. Revised and extended edition. 192pp, 9½" x 13", fully illus, colour, two satin pagemarkers.
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ISBN 9781861543356
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